It isn’t the first time this has happened.
And when the world is buzzing with the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden, mistakes can easily be made as reporters look to rush out updates and exclusives.
But when your headline mixes up the names of Osama Bin Laden with President Obama, and you’re Fox News, eyebrows are raised, tongues start to wag, and tweets start to fall.
Yep. Fox Nows’ Sacramento affiliate Fox40 News actually put this out last night.
As we all know, it’s easy to make a typographical error. But the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News is notorious for its conservative bias, frequently displaying favouritism towards the political right. A Pew Research poll in 2009 found that 47% of those surveyed viewed the network as ‘mostly conservative’, compared to just 11% for CNN and MSNBC.
So, when they make these kinds of ‘mistakes’, people start to talk. And it’s not as if they haven’t played around with the similarity (absurd as that connection is) between Osama Bin Laden and President Obama’s names before.
Fox wasn’t alone in making this easy but inexcusable typo. CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller also got caught out, unfortunately whilst trying to be funny.
Twitter has responded in kind, and even the media heavyweights are getting involved.
Olbermann needs to be careful, though. After all, he’s been prone to one or two political faux pas himself.